Very good news to see Peter Garrett using his powers under the federal environment law to stop a housing development at Mission Beach in far north Queensland. I have mentioned a few times on this blog – particularly this piece back in 2005 – about the continuing and growing threat to the cassowary and the wet tropics rainforest in general from ongoing clearing for development, particularly in and around Mission Beach. I am also pleased to see the federal environment law, the EPBC Act, being used in this way, as I copped a lot of flack from some in the Greens and some in the environment movement for helping bring this law into being. If I hadn’t have done so, there is no way Peter Garrett would have had the power to do what he has just done, so I am doubly pleased to see it being put to good use in this way.
This link goes to the Minister’s release detailing the decision.